Jill Bolte Taylor
BREAKING up is hard to do especially when it comes to ingrained scientific worldviews.
Even after they have betrayed us, dogmatic style beliefs still cling like burrs to our psyche, and our brains, despite all logic.
Recall the insistent flat earth and geocentric crowd, and creationist belief that the Earth is only ten thousand years old.
The list is very long. Science is littered with the remains of once sacred cows.
Until only a few years ago, for example, it was asserted that the brain cannot grow new cells —
when they are gone they
are gone for good!
Challenging this cliché that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, science now confirms that in fact adult brain cells keep growing after all!
H. P. Blavatsky explained: “The brain is the instrument of waking consciousness and every conscious mental picture formed means change and destruction of the atoms [neurons?] of the brain.” Yet, “in ordinary intellectual activity, moves on well beaten paths in the brain, and does not compel sudden adjustments and destructions in its substance.”
She then noted that a “new kind of mental effort calls for something very different — the carving out of ‘new brain paths’, the ranking in different order of the little brain lives.”
Her idea was, unmistakably, a preemptive nod to our modern science’s newly understood doctrine of “neuroplasticity” —
“… the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life.”(Wikipedia) This fact of occult science began to be recognized thanks to the findings of Dr. Paul Bach-y-Rita, called “the father of sensory substitution and brain plasticity.”
These “now commonly accepted concepts, [were] novel ideas when [he] first conceived of them [70 years after Blavatsky] in the 1960’s.” (Salus University)
The world of brain science was forever changed. Yet, “the scale of change [in the brain] is much smaller than what goes on during the critical period of development,” said a study co-author Elly Nedivi, a neuroscientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) —
“but the fact that it goes on at all,
The truth is that neuroscientists today are completely baffled by how the brain is able to organize itself so perfectly.
Yet, the word “science” comes from the Latin word “scire” which means to know. “Science” is supposed to be a systematic, organized way of investigating the world. The catch is when specialized learning turns into a dogmatic worldview, it then becomes an end-in-itself — distorting what might have resulted in a more holistic truth.
With persistent reference to occult science Blavatsky insisted (SD 1:14), that “consciousness is inconceivable to us apart from change,” and, “motion best symbolises change, its essential characteristic.”